Dana Echols

Dana Echols, born and raised in Memphis, TN, is currently enrolled in college and majoring in English. After serving with Impact America, she plans to become a middle school English teacher. 


What do you like to do for fun?

I love to do escape rooms and virtual reality. My biggest strength is my resilience. 


Who is someone you admire and why? 

The person I admire is my old impact manager from City Year because she showed me how strong of a woman she is and how to be very organized.

Mar Mata

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Mar Mata graduated summa cum laude from The University of Memphis, where they majored in Psychology with minors in Spanish and Sociology. As an undergraduate, Mar participated in the Honors Student Organization, Tiger Leadership Institute, and tutored multiple elementary and middle school students. After serving with Impact America, Mar hopes to get their master’s in Sociology.  


What do you like to do for fun? 

In my free time, I like to go to concerts in Nashville with my friends and to crochet. 

Who is someone you admire and why? 

My dad is someone I admire the most in my life because he has gone through so much and always keeps a positive outlook on life and always encourages me in everything I do. 

What is your proudest accomplishment? 

One of my most proud moments was being able to graduate college a year early and seeing how happy everyone was for me that day.

Hanna Jang

Born in South Korea, Hanna Jang graduated from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, with a B.A. in Neuroscience and a Psychology minor. As an undergraduate, Hanna participated in the Honors Community Service Committee to help create service opportunities for students and worked in a behavioral psychology research lab focused on the relationship between social stress and stress-related psychopathology. Hanna hopes to work in the medical field following her time with Impact America.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love visiting different cafes and bars with my friends. There are lots of great places in Memphis and more are popping up all the time.

What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?

“You’re good, you’re good, you’re good” – Spongebob Squarepants

What’s something most people don’t know about you?

I really enjoy drawing, painting, and crafting. My drawers at home are filled with art supplies.

Matthew Horton

Born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee, Matthew Horton graduated cum laude from Morehouse College, where he majored in political science. As an undergraduate, Matthew served as a Public Relations Manager for the Morehouse College Glee Club and was an active member of the Judson Lyons Mentorship Initiative, Morehouse-Spelman Pre-Law Society, and The National Society of Leadership and Success. After serving with Impact America, Matthew plans on either attending law school or pursuing a career in voice acting.

What do you like to do for fun?
I like to read, sing, do voice acting, and do boxing! Whatever keeps me active usually keeps me happy.
What is your favorite quote from a book, film, or song?
“Not everyone who works hard is rewarded. But! All those who succeed have worked hard!” – Hajime no Ippo.
What was your most meaningful service experience or extracurricular activity in college and why?
Providing supplies and teaching life lessons to people in homeless shelters gave me an outlook on life I had never seen before. It taught me to treasure what I had and provide for those who are less fortunate.
Who is someone you admire and why?
I admire my parents because I respect how hard they work to provide me with the many opportunities I have had in my life.

Hunter Keane

Hunter Keane, a native of the Memphis area, graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a double major in philosophy and marketing as well as a minor in international studies. He then attained an M.A. in Religion and Public Engagement from Wake Forest University. While earning these degrees, Hunter had the opportunity to study abroad in Ireland and intern in Tanzania, where he worked with various regional and international NGOs. Hunter is excited to serve his community through his work at Impact. 

What do you like to do for fun?

Well, considering that the Memphis Grizzlies are the greatest sports team in the world, I like to attend as many games as possible with my friends and family. I also enjoy reading fiction novels, kayaking, beating my friends at fantasy football, and taking spontaneous road trips (most recently to Canada).

What is something most people don’t know about you?

Despite not being the kind of musician I typically listen to, I love Taylor Swift and even attended one of her concerts in North Carolina.